Guidance Office Staff:
FTMS West has two guidance counselors that are available to students for academic, social, and emotional needs.
The Guidance staff for 2016-2017 is:
Mrs. Chaunteia Marshall – Registrar
Ms. Danielle Etter –Director of Guidance: : 7th Grade (last name M-Z) and 8th Grade
Mrs. Maggie Power – Guidance Counselor: 6th Grade and 7th Grade (last name A-L)
2013-14 Grading Periods
1st - July 31st through October 4th [Cards sent home on 10/8/13]
2nd – October 7th through December 20th [Cards sent home on 1/8/14]
3rd – January 6th through March 14th [Cards sent home on 3/19/14]
4th – March17th through May 28th [Cards mailed home 6/4/14]
Midwest Talent Search (MTS)
MTS is a program which is sponsored by the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. Students may qualify to participate in this program if they score as ISTEP + or above. MTS allows students to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) before high school. In addition, if students have high test scores, it allows a university to place them on early admission and scholarship application lists. Finally, MTS allows students to participate in early college programs at various universities. Midwest Talent Search INFORMATION and APPLICATIONS will be distributed to qualified students in October and must be submitted to MTS by October 30. Applications can also be completed on-line at www.ctd.northwester.edu. We urge all parents to encourage their child to participate in MTS since this is a great opportunity.
21st Century Scholarship ONTRACK: Guide To School Success Booklets
These are booklets produced by the Indiana department of Education and the Indiana commission for Higher Education.
We urge all parents to review the booklets with their child and complete and return the 21st Century Scholarship Application to Guidance. We will distribute these booklets in September or October.
7th and 8th grade parents, please pay attention to the Twenty-First Century Scholarship application deadline: June 30, 2014.
* Twenty-First Century Scholarship Program**
This is an income based program sponsored by Indiana State Student Assistance Commission which provides FREE College tuition for 4 years at a college in Indiana. To qualify, a student and their parent must have an income under $26,955 plus $6,919 for every additional person in the family. Applications are available in the Guidance Office or contact your counselor.
If you are an Indiana sixth, seventh, or eighth-grader who qualifies for the program, you can get up to four years of undergraduate college tuition to attend an eligible Indiana public or private college, university or proprietary institution.
The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program was established to:
- Increase the number of students entering college and other institutions of higher education.
- Decrease drug and alcohol use by encouraging higher educational pursuits.
- Decrease the number of students who withdraw from high school before graduation.
- Increase the number of students who are prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation.
- Increase individual economic productivity.
- Improve the overall quality of time for Indiana residents.
The Twenty-first Century Scholars Pledge
- I will graduate with an Indiana High School Diploma from a charter school, freeway school or other Indiana school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education.
- I will achieve a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- I will not use illegal drugs or alcohol, or commit a crime.
- I will apply for admission to an eligible Indiana college, university or proprietary institution as a high school senior.
- I will apply on time for state and federal student financial aid.
What do I get from this program?
You can get up to four years of undergraduate college tuition to attend an eligible Indiana public or private college, university or proprietary institution if you’re a Twenty-first Century Scholar. The program also provides support so that you, your parents, and your school can work together to help you be successful as you continue your education. As a scholar family you will receive tutoring, mentoring, parent activities and college visits. You will receive career and educational information through publications, a regional newsletter, and mentoring programs at participating Indiana colleges and universities.
All you have to do is:
1. Apply for the program by the end of your 8th grade year. Apply online at www.scholars.in.gov or get a paper application from your grade level counselor.
2. Fulfill the Scholars Pledge to the State of Indiana.
3. Meet the guidelines for Indiana student financial aid.
4. Go to college within two years of graduating from high school.
Am I eligible? You qualify if:
- You are a resident of Indiana as an applicant and as an award recipient (determined by the residency of your parent or legal guardian).
- You are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Are enrolled in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade at a charter school, freeway school or other Indiana school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education.
- Fulfill the Twenty-First Century Scholars Pledge.
- Meet eligibility requirements, including participation in the federal free/reduced lunch program, placement in foster care, or a family income at or below the program maximums.